"Critic's Choice! Baker's intelligence, sensitivity, and command of language suit Eno's tricked-out head games perfectly, and his fragile intensity has never been in sharper focus. Highly recommended!" Brian Nemtusak, Chicago Reader
"Don't Miss! Resonant… hypnotic… captivating. Telling a sad boy’s sad story and his own sad love affair, Baker’s alienated self isn’t an empty self but one reeling against such emptiness; Baker reels captivatingly. Four stars!" Novid Parsi, TimeOut Chicago
"Fascinating! Beautiful, clever and blackly comic. Baker is ideal. A winning ticket! Recommended!" Hedy Weiss, Chicago SunTimes
“Funny! A thoroughly fresh and arresting piece of writing. Baker is perfect for this part!” Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
"Although just 75 minutes, the material requires a superior actor with both comedy chops and a sharp edge. Fortunately, Lance Stuart Baker is a superb comic actor with a deep dark streak. His completely naturalistic and self-deprecating manner, as he leaps from point to point and always circles back, reminds one of Robin Williams on meds, slowed down from 90 miles an hour to a sedate 35 but still dangerous behind the wheel." Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times
"As Pain, Lance Stuart Baker navigates the many levels of Eno's script with gilded finesse. He masterfully underplays, guiding each moment to its comical height." Brian Kirst, Chicago Free Press
For tickets, please send reservation to Mara: firstname.lastname@example.org or 847/679-9501 ext. 3104 no later than 4pm on Thursday.
FREE tickets for Industry Professionals to LADY – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 7:30pm.
"When the time comes to tout the 10 best plays of 2007, Northlight's world premiere of Lady will be right up at the top. What a brilliant production…not to be missed!"
–Beverly Friend, Pioneer Press
“Wright writes with a…provocative force that seeps under your skin. Under BJ Jones' no-nonsense, quick-fire direction…his characters really seem to live. Rich, intense and detailed performances from [Lance] Baker, [Paul] Sparks and Michael Shannon.”
– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
For more information on Lady, visit http://www.northlight.org/onstage/lady.html
INDUSTRY NIGHT: Tues Feb 20th 7:30p $10 mention "industry" to 847-673-6300
Chicago Tribune review here.
"Recommended. With the help of a trio of rich, intense and detailed performances from Baker (in especially fine fettle here), Sparks and Michael Shannon (as the depressed third wheel on this trip), the play's political potency comes from the nature of its characters."
Sun-Times review here.
"Recommended. As Graham, Baker is particularly good as he runs with his crucial speech — a brief, cutting defense of U.S. hegemony, of "being in charge till it's over, [which] means someone can stop us."
Reader review here.
"Highly Recommended. The narrative is strong, the characters are lively, and B.J. Jones's world-premiere staging, starring Lance Baker, Michael Shannon, and Paul Sparks, is sprightly."
Daily Herald review here.
"Three and a half stars (out of four). These strong, very intense actors complement each other perfectly and you can't help feeling heartsick for their casualties – both literal and figurative."
Evanston Review review here:
"When the time comes to tout the 10 best plays of 2007, Northlight's world premiere of "Lady" will be right up at the top. What a brilliant production: in characterization, plot and execution!"
Windy City Times review here.
" Under BJ Jones' direction and its flawless acting ensemble, Lady delivers a sucker punch to the gut and head."
Time Out Chicago review here.
"Four Stars. Under Jones’s ever-alert, textually diligent direction, these exceptional actors interact so convincingly, we almost can’t detect the author’s strings. But strings or no, Wright’s the unusual playwright with the desire to diagnose the nation’s ills and the talent to do so."
Variety review here.
"It's awfully tough to write with any perspective about a national trauma while we're in the midst of it — that's the stiff challenge facing artists who take on the Iraq war and its impact on the nation. But Craig Wright ("Recent Tragic Events," "Six Feet Under") manages to pull this off with surprising potency and depth in "Lady."
Gay Chicago review here.
"Four Stars. BJ Jones’s tight yet fluid direction of the impeccable cast delivers Wright’s script with startling and at times exceptionally subtle impact. Northlight Theatre’s world premiere of “Lady” is a must-see production of a powerfully unique and ingeniously profound theatrical achievement."
Steadstyle review here.
"One out of four stars. Was it just coincidence that Craig Wright named this play after a dog?"
Article on Craig Wright in Time Out here.
Monday, February 12
Chicago theatre professionals with a headshot and/or resume can see Blasted during this one-time-only event. Advance reservations are recommended by calling 312-943-8722. "Pay-what-you-can" allows each patron to decide what to pay, but we ask that all patrons pay something.
A Red Orchid Theatre, of which I'm an ensemble member, just opened the midwest premeire of Sarah Kane's Blasted and it's worth your time. Details here.